Friday, July 12, 2013

not by generations, but regeneration

My wife was reading this blog the other day and forwarded me a note.

She indicated a point the author made that struck her:
God does not have grandchildren.
John 1:12-13
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born,not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
You are not regenerated by being born to the right parents at the right time because your parents were believers and they really wanted you to believe too.
The will of man and pride and legacy cannot accomplish regeneration.
John 3:3
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
May I state the obvious in proposing a person cannot birth themself.
John 6:44
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
May I state the obvious in proposing a person cannot draw themselves up from the depths of their mire and no one can draw up another.
John 6:63
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
The flesh profits nothing.
Not a little something.
This truth is spirit and life.
It is life-giving to understand that you don’t have life.
It is refreshing to realize you are stale.
It is domesticating to understand you are feral.
Life comes in acknowledging death.
God does not have grandchildren.
It is by blood, flesh and men we are born to inherit an earthly life.
It is through faith in Jesus that we are reborn to inherit eternal life.
"Even the best church planter or pastor in the world can’t regenerate his child’s heart. You can’t parent a kid into conversion any more than you can pastor people into salvation. We affirm regeneration by the power of God, not by parenting. But we’re called to dazzle our kids with Jesus, delight in the Gospel, and train them faithfully, all while trusting the Spirit to act upon our kids.” ~Dave Harvey, Am I Called?

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